Aston Villa boss Dean Smith believes new signing Kortney Hause can reach his true potential at the club.

Hause joined Villa on loan from Premier League side Wolves this transfer window for the rest of the campaign, with an option for a permanent deal in the summer.

The 23-year old has found his opportunities limited under Nuno Espirito Santo over the last 18 months, but Smith has long been an admirer of the former England U21 international.

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The Villa manager told the Express and Star:

“Kortney was one we flagged straight away and I am really pleased to have got him. He is a talent.

“He is a physical specimen as well and can dominate in both boxes. He brings us a balance, being left-footed. On top of all that he is a really good athlete.

“Kortney is a project for us because he can get better. We want to help him improve and get to the levels we believe he can do.

Hause has had just six senior appearances since May 2017, but Smith believes this comes as a result of Wolves’ strength in depth, rather than Hause’s ability.

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Smith stated:

“They have some good defenders at Wolves. Kortney just never got the opportunity.

“He played a lot of games in the Championship the season before Nuno came and I know he is more than capable of playing in the Championship, if not higher.”